Utah lawmakers are proposing some changes to firework restrictions in our state.
The bill presenters, Rep. Dunningan and Sen. Iwamaoto, say they met with law enforcement, firefighters, firework retailers and manufactures, citizens, and local elected officials to come up with a “a balanced, bipartisan, and reasonable approach” to address fireworks restrictions.
The following would change if the bill is passed:
Dates Fireworks are allowed Fireworks would be allowed
July 2-5 and July 22-25 instead of July 1-7 and 21-27th. They will still be allowed on New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve.
If you are caught discharging a firework outside of the approved days, you could face a fine of $1,000. Currently the fine is 750. There will also be a $1,000 penalty and an infraction for discharging fireworks in an area where fireworks have been prohibited due to hazardous environmental conditions.
To ease confusion, under the change local governments would be required to provide maps of the restricted areas. Retailers would be required to display these maps and signs indicating legal dates and times.
Wednesday the Utah House passed the bill in a 63-3 vote.
The bill was introduced to the Senate Thursday.
Track the bill’s progress here.